BREAST CANCER: HOW TO MANAGE “AFTER”?
After a breast cancer, the return to a “normal” life is not necessarily easy and the path to rebuilding can be long. Physical and psychological recovery, return to work, pregnancy project … Fortunately, many supports are being put in place to help women.
The End Of Treatments Is An Important Step.
“This moment of rupture with the hospital must be well prepared,” assures Prof. Rouzier, medical director of the senology division of the Institut Curie. Indeed, the return to “normal life” is not always easy. Patients struggle to regain self-confidence and return to work. Spa treatments, physical activities … Post-cancer support to better recover
Some institutions, including the Institut Curie, now offer a close follow-up, with the pursuit of an adapted physical activity program and nutritional advice to avoid excessive weight gain, which is frequent when hormone therapy is continued for several years.
Coaching to prepare for the return to work of women in remission, with meetings and handbooks of practical information, has also been set up since 2012. Post-cancer spa treatments have also emerged * in order to eradicate the physical and psychological aspects of the disease.
Anti-cancer treatments often leave painful scars, reddish-brown skin, and pigmentation disorders. Water treatments, physiotherapy sessions to treat lymph nodes, sports workshops and corrective makeup follow one another to renew her femininity and regain a general well-being.
The Right to Forgetfulness Is Finally Recognized
Patients’ associations have long called for the right to oblivion, which came into force in February 2017. This dramatic advance allows women who have recovered from breast cancer to buy a flat or buy a flat and start a business.
To benefit from it, the therapeutic protocol (surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy) must be completed for 10 years. For mild, less aggressive breast tumors, even lower delays: one year without relapse after cessation of treatment in the case of ductal or lobular carcinoma in situ, for example.
Previously, banks were stigmatizing these ex-patients. They refused them credit or gave them a small sum in the short term with a big surcharge to the key and exclusions of guarantee. Now, the women concerned are no longer obliged to declare their oncological history in the bank, even in case of long-term hormone therapy. A real victory that allows them, once the cancer page is turned, to develop real plans for the future.